The Bacolod food hunters dedicate this article to dr. Prm. who is now married and expecting his first child.
Dr. Prm is one of Martin’s oldest friends. When he heard that Martin had returned he immediately called and invited Martin out for lunch and dinner!
We had lunch at imay’s. We ordered cheesy scallops, fried Squid heads, bottomless iced tea and Martin’s favourite spicy squid. The squid heads weren’t that good. They reminded Martin of the cheap fried squid that street vendors sell. The bottomless iced tea was very good and since it was a hot day Martin kept asking for more and more refills until the server finally gave up and plunked the pitcher of iced tea down on our table!
In the evening we went to Hungry Pete’s. Hungry pete’s is a booth at sorrento plaza, One of Bacolod’s favourite night spots. We went and gave our order and sat down at the nearby tables.
The food soon arrived and once again Martin was stunned at how big the portions were! (It seems that the current trend in Bacolod is that when Bacolod people dine out they want their portions to be big!) Martin felt full just looking at the Burger. It was BIG and filled with lettuce, onions and tomatoes. Dr. PRM casually took a bite of his hamburger then mentioned that Hungry Pete’s had modified their recipe and toned it down from being spicy since most people in Bacolod don’t like spicy food.
Hungry Pete’s burgers were quite impressive! The closest thing to it in Bacolod would be Bob’s Big Boy burger but that’s where the similarity stops.
Unlike Bob’s burger, Hungry Pete’s burger isn’t served to you smothered in the horrible combination of ketchup and mayonnaise. Condiments are given to you and you can place AS much mayo and as much ketchup as you want. Martin was extremely pleased that the mayo and ketchup were high quality and not cheap mayo and banana ketchup. (Banana ketchup is the devil’s invention)
We also had onion rings which were pretty good. The batter didn’t overpower the onions and the fried onion rings were a pleasure to taste and I didn’t mind that they served ketchup-mayo with it at all!
The only gripe Martin had was with the fries. They were TOO SALTY. They were good but extremely salty.
The owner of hungry Pete’s walked up to us and wished us a pleasant evening. Martin laughed as he recognized the owner as being one of his HS classmates and DLSU Manila pals. It was funny how he had entered into the restaurant business. Back then the hungry Pete’s owner used to fry longanisa sausages using BUTTER in Dr.PrM’s dorm. After eating he would make a hasty exit and leave the congealed fat and butter mess in the pan for Dr. PRM to wash up!